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I am a transgendered euromerican; born and raised in Alabama, a state with am unfortunately large proportion of mean spirited, willfully ignorant, tiny minded, hyper-religious, racist, homophobic, misogynist bigots. I am college educated with an MS in psychology (I would also have an MS in counseling if anyone would let me intern with them, but being trans in America deprives you of all professional credibility so it ain't happening here.) I am also a recovered alchoholic with 20 yrs. experience working with the homeless among others (having been homeless myself in my previous life). I am also a devout Christian, however I would be the 1st to tell you that American Christians have generally served as the worst possible example to others. I have been a civil and human rights activist for 20 yrs. I am also a veteran (Army 78-82). I have served in my country's military, voted in every state or nation wide election that I have been eligible to vote in and have paid every cent of my taxes (including the highly regressive sales tax here) without bitching. I have raised two children of my own (as a fulltime custodial single parent and with my partner of 15 years and with lots of help with from my Mom), one foster daughter (also trans), and now I have a beautiful granddaughter.